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Russia launches missile strike on Kyiv during UN Secretary-General’s visit days after Moscow visit


Putin thumbs his nose at the world again: Russia launches new missile strikes on Kyiv during UN Secretary-General’s visit two days after he sat down for talks in Moscow

  • Russian missiles hit Kyiv as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visits
  • It is the first such bombardment of Ukraine’s capital since mid-April 
  • No reports of casualties so far  but Guterres thought to be safe
  • Kyiv mayor Klitschko said there were ‘two hits in the Shevchenkovsky district’ 

Russian strikes slammed into Kyiv on Thursday evening as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was visiting, in the first such bombardment of Ukraine’s capital since mid-April, the mayor said.

There was no immediate information about casualties from the strikes, which hit a western part of the city centre, but a close aide to the UN chief sent a message to journalists confirming they were safe.

Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said there had been ‘two hits in the Shevchenkovsky district’ in a post on Telegram and said they were clarifying details about casualties.

Russian missiles hit Kyiv as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is visiting. It is the first such bombardment of Ukraine’s capital since mid-April

Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said there had been 'two hits in the Shevchenkovsky district' in a post on Telegram and said they were clarifying details about casualties

Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said there had been ‘two hits in the Shevchenkovsky district’ in a post on Telegram and said they were clarifying details about casualties

There was no immediate information about casualties from the strikes, which hit a western part of the city centre, but a close aide to the UN chief sent a message to journalists confirming they were safe

There was no immediate information about casualties from the strikes, which hit a western part of the city centre, but a close aide to the UN chief sent a message to journalists confirming they were safe

AFP correspondents saw black smoke pouring into the air and a building in flames with a heavy presence of police and rescuers in the area.

‘Missile strikes in the downtown of Kyiv during the official visit of @antonioguterres,’ tweeted Mykhaylo Podolyak, a senior aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

‘The day before he was sitting at a long table in the Kremlin, and today explosions are above his head,’ Mykhaylo said referring to Guterres’ visit to Moscow where he met Russian President Vladimir Putin a few days ago.

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